In the News (2011)

On November 1, 2011, Steve O’Day was a guest on “Inside the Winners’ Circle,” a radio show hosted by Joyce Bone. The show features interviews with leaders from all segments of the American landscape discussing what it is that leveraged them from ordinary to extraordinary. During the show, Steve discussed sustainability from a business and legal perspective, and how it can improve the bottom line, create jobs, and support economic growth.


Smith Gambrell & Russell was mentioned in a Law360 article regarding the successful representation of Alcoa Inc. in a consolidated toxic tort suit. In addition, Andy Thompson was quoted in a BNA story regarding the same case.


Anton Mertens was featured on October 14, 2011 in an Atlanta Business Chronicle article about training for the Ford Ironman World Championship and staying healthy in his everyday life. He was also featured in a GlobalAtlanta.com story regarding his participation in Kona4aCause, a campaign which raises funds to combat cancer.


Anton Mertens was featured in a Daily Report article on October 6, 2011 about his participation in this weekend’s Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, a race involving a 2.4-mile ocean swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile marathon.


Steve O’Day was featured in a Daily Report article on October 3, 2011 entitled “Attorney balances two sides of environmental law,” which details his career as an environmental and sustainability attorney and discusses Steve’s recent honors and legal achievements.


Scott Harty was quoted on June 17, 2011in an Atlanta Business Chronicle article about his participation in Sixty Feet, a humanitarian relief organization that helps imprisoned orphans in Uganda.


Chris Fitzpatrick coauthored a chapter entitled, “Law Department Management” in Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, a four-volume treatise published by Thomson Reuters.


Scott Woldow authored an International Trademark Association article on June 15, 2011about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Data Visualization Center Dashboard. The Dashboard gives access to measures presenting trademark pendency, quality, application filings, registrations and an assessment of inventory for pending applications.


Steve O’Day authored an article published in the SaportaReport entitled, “Georgia gets more time to work on water conservation; but water wars are not over,” which discusses Georgia’s continued need for water conservation practice implementation despite a recent overturned decision benefitting metro Atlanta water needs. In late August, Steve co-wrote an Atlanta Journal Constitution article, which proposes steps that Atlantans should take to increase water supply through conservation.


Jim Middleton’s successful representation of McGill Aviation was featured on the front page of Florida’s Fernandina Beach News Leader on July 19, 2011 when McGill was awarded $1.2 million for attorney fees from the city.


Den Webb was quoted on July 27, 2011 in a Neighbor Newspapers article regarding the expansion of the Atlanta Country Day School.


Don Mitchell authored an article entitled, “Private flights can be taxing,” which was published in the July/August 2011 issue of Business to Business magazine.


David Minkin provided a viewpoint for an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article on July 30, 2011, which discusses various business plans for addressing the crisis in the Atlanta Public School system.


As a contributing editor for Employee Benefit News, Kate Bongiovanni recently authored an article entitled “Federal agencies continue to issue clarifying PPACA guidance; employers must stay up to date.”


Bobby Schwartz was quoted in an American Banker article about the possible expansion of JPMorgan Chase and PNC in the Atlanta retail banking market.


Don Mitchell authored an article entitled, “Have Faith,” which was published in the September/October 2011 issue of Jetrader magazine.


Smith, Gambrell, & Russell was mentioned in the Atlanta Business Chronicle “DealMakers” section regarding Gerdau Ameristeel’s $165 million acquisition of TAMCO, a California-based mini-mill. The SGR team representing Gerdau included Jay Schwartz, Julie Sebastian, David Santi, Andy Fawbush, Lisa Carrasco, Matt Clarke, Phillip Hoover and Tom Hong.


Smith, Gambrell & Russell’s environmental law and sustainability practice was mentioned in an Atlanta Business Chronicle article after SGR received the River Guardian Award for providing invaluable legal support to the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.


Tom Rhodes was quoted in a German national public radio story about Google facing an FTC investigation entitled “Fight the power giants.”


Andy Thompson was quoted on June 3, 2011 in Forsyth County News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution regarding an administrative law judge’s ruling to revoke a Forsyth County wastewater discharge permit that allows the county to release 6 million gallons per day of treated water into the Chattahoochee River.  Andy also authored an opinion piece on the same subject in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.


Kristen Lewis was mentioned on June 1, 2011 in a Milton Herald article which discusses the collaborative efforts of Canine Assistants and Wells Fargo to match a service dog with a young woman born with multiple disabilities.


Several Smith, Gambrell & Russell attorneys were mentioned on May 19, 2011 in a Daily Report ATLAW blog post about the Firm’s representation of Belectric Inc. in the recent sale of a 30-megawatt DC solar generation project to Constellation Energy.


Kristen Lewis was quoted on May 14, 2011 in The Wall Street Journal regarding the negative impact of power of attorney fraud on asset protection. The article discusses the recent rejection of financial maneuvers made under the cloak of a power of attorney and provides suggestions on how to avoid potential pitfalls and pushback from banks, fund companies and other asset-holders.


Bobby Schwartz was quoted on May 15, 2011 in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about the possibility that federally-aided banks in Georgia will begin to repay their government loans following SunTrust’s recent repayment of approximately $5 billion that was received during the economic collapse.

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